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Dunedin: the charming wedding and honeymoon destination

A world away from big cities and all that they bring lies a small, thriving city set amidst a magical landscape edged by the sea.


Here the streets hum vibrantly with colour and culture, instead of traffic, and the beaches roar with the sea, rather than hordes of people. The beauty of nature can still be found - everywhere - and the innate character of the place remains for all to see.

It is a city of rare charm, an ideal destination for a romantic wedding and/or honeymoon.

Unique in the world for the sheer variety of experience it packs into its heart, Dunedin can be many things to many people ... the bustling cafés and venues of New York, the autumnal beauty of New England, the natural wonder of a untamed, unkempt land.


Dunedin's cityscape is punctuated by the Victorian and Edwardian spires and towers of notable, neo-Gothic buildings in grey stone, and stately homes now open for public viewing. The city centre is compact, making for an easy stroll between facilities such as shops and tour pick-up points, while a surprising array of kerbside cafés, each one humming with its own distinctive ambience, offer a wide range of edibles at a reasonable price.


Dunedin offers unexpected cultural delights, from the world's southernmost professional theatre and orchestra to high quality local craft, art, jewellery and fashion design outlets. Here art is something to be valued, as the placement of the excellent public art gallery and the "Writers' Walk" in the heart of the town reflects.


The city is renowned for its proximity to incredible wildlife. A visit to a colony of the world's rarest penguins, the only mainland breeding colony of the royal albatross and rare New Zealand sea lions are all possible within a brief drive from the city centre. Yet the magnificent Otago Peninsula, home to many of these precious Dunedin residents, warrants more than a fleeting visit.


Here Larnach Castle - a Victorian architectural masterpiece complete with look-out turret - sits high above the harbour, offering stunning 360° views of city, sea and surrounds. You can walk along the shining sands of any of a dozen beaches - sharing them with only the seagulls and the seabreeze.


Or wander out to take a sharp intake of breath at the dramatic cliffs near Lover's Leap. This is a landscape of striking intensity, where the tang of seaspray on the air mingles with the traditional Scottish flavour of the city to create an irresistible mix that's hard to beat.


Accommodation options range from quality hotels to boutique bed and breakfasts in some of the city's most significant homesteads. But wherever you stay, you'll experience the southern hospitality that is unique to Dunedin. Here, the locals say, it never really rains, for every day in Dunedin is a fine day. You simply have to discover that secret for yourself.

A selection of Dunedin's beautiful distinguishing landmarks:

The Dunedin Botanic Garden, a long-established garden of great variety that takes full advantage of the topography and the range of micro-climates to grow a diverse selection of plants.


Dunedin's striking Edwardian Railway Station, with its vast mosaic-tiled floors and beautiful stained glass windows, is one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand.


First Presbyterian Church, this magnificent church built in the 1873 during the height of the gothic revival, sends its majestic spire high (54mtrs) towards the heavens over the Octagon. Very popular for weddings.


St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, a gothic revival church in Oamaru stone built between 1915 and 1918 and featuring 38 steps made of old Takaka marble.


University of Otago, New Zealand's first University, picture perfect architecture of old University buildings and the clock tower aside the Leith River.


Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, a peaceful harbourside garden with an historic homestead. Unique within New Zealand, few gardens have the mature trees and shrubs that are found here.


Larnach Castle Gardens, 125 year old garden of strong design, magnificent vistas and overwhelming ambiance.

Examples of Dunedin's fine accommodation:

Corstorphine House, Dunedin's luxury Lodge: Set in 12 acres of private, formal gardens.


Larnach Castle Lodge, New re-creation of colonial farm buildings set in 35 acres of Larnach Castle Gardens. Spectacular views from 1000 feet above sea level of the Otago Peninsula, Harbour and Pacific Ocean.

For further information please visit the Dunedin web site  +click here.